November 16, 2012 |
Hark! The CTA has announced the dates for the return of the holiday train, its yearly decked-out transport of Christmas spirit. The train will operate from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends, and 3 to 7 p.m. on select weekdays. Its appearances on various lines are as follows: > > Green Line: Nov. 23, 24*, 28 (from 4-8 p.m.) > > Orange Line and Brown Line: Nov. 29 (3-5:45 p.m.), 30 (3:50-6:30 p.m.) and Dec. 1* (12:50-8 p.m.) > > Pink Line: Dec. 5 > > Blue Line: Dec. 6, 7, 8 ** (includes photo-only stop on Pink Line)
February 22, 2013 |
Nearly 17 percent of CTA track is under slow zones this month, which is the slowest the rail system has been in nearly five years. The slow-zone snapshot for February shows 16.7 percent of the rail system is under slow zones, which is when a train travels 35 mph or slower. The last time the CTA saw a percentage that high was in March 2008, when the CTA logged 16.9 percent slow zones. "The slow zone percentage is a dynamic number," CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. "As we repair slow zones, other slow zones can...
August 20, 2012 |
Some riders find taking a CTA train just a few stops to work every day a challenge because of slow zones and crowds. Imagine taking the train to 145 stops in one day. Last week, Going Public did just that by completing the "L" Challenge--consecutively visiting all 145 CTA stations by train--in nine hours and 17 minutes. During the trip, which began at the 95th Red Line stop and ended at the 54th/Cermak Pink Line stop, GP swiped her CTA card nine times, ate six protein bars (not on the train)
December 10, 2012 |
Train riders are supposed to benefit from the CTA service changes that start Sunday. Six of the eight train routes are supposed to see more trains during rush hour. Going Public compares the new train schedules to the current train schedules and finds that not all train riders will benefit from these changes but many will. > > Blue Line Blue Line new schedule Blue Line current schedule From 7 to 9 a.m., there were be two more trains that leave Forest Park and head north than there are now. From 7 to 9 a.m.,...
May 29, 2012 |
The CTA tweeted around 3:43 p.m. May 29 that the Brown, Purple, and Red Line trains are experiencing delays due to fire department activity near Fullerton. The building, Roy's Home Furnishings, 2455 North Sheffield Ave., was "totally involved," with heavy smoke and fire damage, according to the Chicago Fire Department . As a result, southbound Red, Brown and Purple line trains are being turned back north at Belmont, and northbound trains are being turned back south at Armitage, a CTA spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune . Bus shuttles...
October 4, 2012 |
The CTA on Thursday unveiled its plans for the ailing Wilson station, the three time winner of Going Public's annual Crust Station contest that dishonors the most disgusting CTA stop. Wilson will be transformed into a transfer station for Purple Line trains. The station, which was built in 1923, will also see new glass and steel canopies, a glass-enclosed entrance along Wilson Avenue and a new entrance for Sunnyside Avenue. The station's terra cotta exterior will also be restored, the CTA said.